Policies and procedures
All research higher degree candidates should be aware of the policies and procedures applicable to their candidacy.
Most programs are administered according to the policies and procedures set down for students.
Note that some degrees that include a compulsory coursework component may be administered according to the policies and procedures for Research Components of Postgraduate Coursework Awards. Your faculty will advise where this is the case.
General Flinders University student-related policies and procedures also apply to higher degree research candidates.
Administration and assistance
Research higher degrees are governed by Statute 7.3 Masters Degrees and Statute 7.4 Doctoral Degrees, and the Rules made pursuant to them. The University Research Higher Degrees Committee (which includes two student members) is responsible for policy development and monitoring.
Routine administration is conducted at faculty level and overseen by the faculty's Higher Degrees Committee (which includes at least one student member).
The Office of Graduate Research is the first point of contact for students and academic staff for non-routine matters.
The Student Finance Office can provide information about scholarship opportunities for research higher degree students.
The Research Services Office can provide information about intellectual property, post-doctoral awards and research grants.
Research students will be made aware of the University’s policy relating to intellectual property before embarking on the research project. The policy will be made available to candidates at the time of enrolment.
Where a research project involves a confidentiality agreement, research students will be counselled by the responsible University officer prior to a confidentiality agreement being signed by the student, about the consequences of restricted access to their research results, particularly in relation to research publications, seminars and activities associated with future applications for employment or research grants, and about the advisability of seeking professional advice. At the counselling session, the student may be accompanied by an independent person.
Intellectual property, confidentiality agreements and contractual agreements
Autonomous Sanctions for Research Higher Degree Candidates
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have implemented an Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 and Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 that comply with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions. The Australian Autonomous Sanctions countries with a prohibition on providing a ‘sanctioned service’ are: Burma, Crimea and Sevastopol, Russia, Syria, Ukraine, former Yugoslavia, Zimbabwe, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Iran and Libya. The UN Security Council countries with a prohibition on providing a ‘sanctioned service’ are: Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ginea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Flinders University is required to abide by the sanctions and has developed Policies and Procedures on Autonomous Sanctions for Research Higher Degree Candidates. These are not designed to discriminate against people from countries with an Autonomous Sanction in place, but rather to ensure that the University is compliant with government legislation and that it does not supply sanctioned goods and services to those countries or benefit them, or provide a sanctioned service in relation to those countries.
In accordance with Appendix J: Policy on Autonomous Sanctions for Research Higher Degree Candidates, where a RHD applicant is a citizen of any of the countries with autonomous sanctions listed above the Office of Graduate Research will require the Principal Supervisor to complete the university-prescribed form. The form will be assessed for compliance by the Dean of School, Faculty RHD Committee Chair and the Dean of Graduate Research.
- If the risk rating is 'Low Risk' then the applicant, if accepted, will be offered candidature. If applying for a scholarship, he or she will be added to the scholarship round that is open at the time of approval, not the time of application submission.
- If the risk rating is 'Medium Risk' then the application will be referred to DFAT. Once approval is granted by DFAT to proceed then the applicant, if accepted, will be offered candidature and, if applying for scholarships, will be added to the scholarship round that is open at the time of approval, not the time of application submission.
- If the risk rating is 'High Risk' then the application for candidature and a scholarship will be rejected.
Applications from citizens of ‘sanctioned service’ countries that are still undergoing this rigorous assessment process will not be shortlisted for scholarships until approval from every necessary level is granted. The reason for this is that the process can be very time consuming and the University cannot allocate scholarships to applicants who have not been offered admission or hold scholarship offers indefinitely.
- Policy on Autonomous Sanctions for Research Higher Degree Candidates is available at: flinders.edu.au/ppmanual/student/research-higher-degrees.cfm#AppendixJ
- Download the Autonomous Sanctions Assessment Form: Autonomous Sanctions (DOC 116KB)
For further information contact Emily Davis by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 8201 2130.
The Office of Graduate Research is now responsible for all RHD thesis examinations.
Please visit our dedicated page for guidelines, procedures and policies: Examinations and Completions.